Producer: Teeling. Distiller: Cooley. 46% ABV. NAS. Price: $40.
I was a touch apprehensive on this purchase, given some early disappointments with Irish whiskies. But the Teeling Small Batch is surprising in all the right ways.
Teeling is a young distillery, opened in 2011 by brothers Stephen and Jack Teeling. Interestingly, it was the first new distillery to be opened in Dublin in more than 125 years. For now, the Teeling brothers are maturing and bottling old stocks from their father’s Cooley Distillery while they get their own production up and running. They’ve already got a good thing going.
The Small Batch is the producer’s flagship offering, alongside which they’re selling a Single Grain, Single Malt, and a series of old (21+ year old) single malts in their Vintage Reserve line.
This Small Batch is non-chill filtered, and was bottled in May 2014 after six months in a rum cask.The nose brings brown sugar, citrus, and toffee. The palate blooms from brown sugar to citrus to oak, and the finish is tannic and just a little rough around the edges.
All in all, a very nice treat. Looking forward to more from the Teeling brothers soon! – TM